Coventry University program

Principles of Physical Health Assessment

Explore the aspects of a consultation and the skills required to assess the health of a patient.

This program is part of the MSc Nursing degree offered by Coventry University

Explore the role of the nurse in physical health assessment

One may argue, that since the shortage of doctors became apparent, the need for nurses to extend their role into the assessment of health is now higher than ever. This program explores the respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal and integumentary systems.

You will consider the differences in the examination and findings in a child, and touch upon mental health considerations.

You will be presented with principles of health assessment aimed at preventing conditions going undiagnosed, leading to progression of disease.


5 courses

This program contains a portfolio, where you'll be able to gather your work and get feedback from course educators.

Delivered by expert academics

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

Please note that the staff described in the 'Who will you learn with?' section below may be subject to change.

  • Coventry University

Who will you learn with?

Specialising in emergency care, Nicky Parker-Summers has 35 years clinical experience, including military nursing. She came to education in 2003, becoming an Assistant Professor in 2016.

With over 20 years experience, working nationally and internationally, within Acute and Emergency care, Claire has developed her own skills and experience to share knowledge and improve patient care.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this program, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate a critical understanding of the principles of health assessment to inform clinical decision making in the diagnostic process;

  • evaluate a health assessment framework and appropriate investigative processes to achieve patient diagnosis; and

  • demonstrate an understanding of the application of a health assessment for a major system.

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